All the latest news in mine health and safety in NSW
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30 August 2018
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Practising certificates - Stage 5 applications now open

Practising certificate applications are now open for the following statutory function:
  • Quarry manager – conditioned to exercise at a specific mine (previously called production manager permit)
If you currently hold a production manager permit, you will need to apply for a practising certificate to exercise the statutory function as required under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014. You will not be required to undertake further assessment (written and oral examination).

Practising certificates are issued for five years and require the holder to undertake a Resources Regulator accredited training course to maintain their competence. Further details on the training course will be provided shortly by the regulator.

How to apply 
To apply for a practising certificate, complete and submit the general Practising certificate application form available on our website. Do not use the Quarry Manager conditioned application form which is for new applicants to be assessed.

The implementation period for the Quarry manager – conditioned to a specific mine is open until 31 August 2019.

Further information 
Information on maintenance of competence and practising certificates is available on our website including frequently asked questions. For further advice contact the NSW Resources Regulator’s Mining competence team on 02 4063 6461 or email
Maintenance of competence and practising certificates

New dangerous incident type identified in Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Amendment Regulation 2018

Clause 179 of the Work Health and Safety (Mine and Petroleum sites) Regulation 2014 prescribes dangerous incidents for the purposes of section 14(c) of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2011. The amendment regulation, which came into effect on the 13 April 2018, requires  three additional incident types to be reported:
  • clause 179(h) – spontaneous combustion at a coal mine
  • clause 179(i) – a gas outburst at an underground coal mine
  • clause 179(j) – a coal burst or rockburst at an underground mine
Further information
The factsheet available below provides information and guidance to mine operators on a coal burst or rockburst at an underground mine.
Dangerous Incident - Coal burst or rockburst FACTSHEET [PDF 63KB]

Small mines health and safety roadshow

The NSW Resources Regulator are holding health and safety roadshows across NSW. The roadshow will include information and instruction about principal hazard management plans, hazard control plans and reporting or notifying the regulator of safety incidents. It will also involve reflection upon recently accumulated data surrounding recent mine safety incidents.
Use the button below for a full list of dates and information on how to register. 
Click here for roadshow dates, locations and to register your interest

Quarterly report - Fires on mobile plant

Following a 2017 review of incident data that showed a consistently high number of fires occurring on mobile plant each month the regulator initiated a project to provide useful data to industry about fires on mobile plant; to review and update guidance material; and to prepare a long-term strategy with the aim of reducing the number of fires on mobile plant. This is an ongoing project.
A report, In-service fires on mobile plant, was presented at the Mechanical Engineering Safety Seminar in September 2017 that concluded that ‘there is a need to continue to improve the reliability of the fire protection characteristics of mining plant’.

A further outcome of this project was a commitment to publish quarterly data on fires on mobile plant. The latest Quarterly report - Fires on mobile plant for the period April - June 2018 is now available on the Resource Regulator website or alternatively via direct download using the link provided below.
Quarterly report - Fires on mobile plant April - June 2018 [PDF 590KB]

Safety management kit for small-scale mines, quarries and extractive industry operations

The NSW Resources Regulator has redesigned the Safety management kit for small-scale mines, quarries and extractive industry operations to help prepare a basic safety system (a mine safety management plan) to assist you in complying with mine safety legislation. This kit has been developed with small-sized mines, quarries and extractive industries in mind.

The regulator recognises that finding and organising the resources for preparing a mine safety management plan (MSMP) can be difficult for a small mine. There is a need to streamline the preparation of MSMPs as well as meet documentation requirements. The kit, however, can be modified to fit any small or medium size mine and may help prepare the basis for a comprehensive MSMP.

Use the link below to access and download a full version of the Safety management kit.
Click here to access the online Safety management kit

Illegal mining Meroo River

The NSW Resources Regulator in collaboration with NSW Fisheries and the NSW Police Force has investigated an incident of alleged illegal fossicking using a power-operated dredge in the Meroo River near Mudgee. Investigations are continuing into a second alleged incident.
Photograph of the power operated dredge
Investigation information release, Illegal mining Meroo River [PDF 177KB]

New options when contacting the NSW Resources Regulator

The Resources Regulator has updated the 1300 814 609 telephone menu to better integrate the phone system with key services provided by the regulator. The updated system will ensure customers can easily identify and select options that best suit their needs.
The NSW Resources Regulator telephone menu options are as follows:
  1. To notify a safety incident, or to enquire about an incident you have already notified, PRESS 1 (Available 24/7)
  2. For all other enquires, PRESS 2 ( Available 8.30am - 4.30pm Mon - Fri)
Other enquiries options include:
  • For all enquiries relating to authorisations, including plant registration, licences and exemptions, PRESS 2
  • For all enquiries relating to competencies, including certificates of competence, practising certificates, mutual recognition and blasting explosives users licences, PRESS 3
  • For all other enquiries relating to work health and safety in mining, including guidance, high risk activity notifications, other notifications and seminars and events, PRESS 4
  • For all enquiries relating to the Mining Act or Petroleum (Onshore) Act, including reporting a potential non-compliance, conditions of authorisation, exploration activity approvals, reporting obligations and any other environmental, rehabilitation or compliance matter, PRESS 5
An info graphic has been created to clearly outline the updated menu options for Regulator's 1300 814 609 telephone number. Use the button provided below to download a pdf version of the info graphic.
Infographic: NSW Resources Regulator new telephone menu options
Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

Regional NSW, Resources Regulator
516 High St
Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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